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Description: El Cochecito is a 1960 Spanish black comedy movie directed by Marco Ferreri. The movie is based on Rafael Azcona's novel who co-wrote the script with Ferreri. The movie was a large flop when it was released in Spain, but nowadays is a cult classic. The movie had troubles with Spanish censorship, that forced to change and slash the original ending.
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Description: Johann Bach squads up with the mysterious Josh after he is resurrected by a failing rap artist. Thus ensues a murderous rampage that can only be quenched by one thing: cop John Cannon's magnum.
Description: In this satire of the Nazis the stooges are paperhangers in the country of Moronica. When evil cabinet ministers overthrow the king, they decide to create Moe the fresh ruler as he'll be stupid enough to follow their orders. Moe becomes Dictator, Curly is a Field Marshal and Larry becomes Minister of propaganda. After successfully preventing a female spy from committing mayhem, the men are run out of office by a mob and eaten by lions.
Description: Antonio and Elisa, a newlywed couple, go to an hotel on the beach to spend their honeymoon. Antonio, a crime reporter, is obsessed with discovering a major crime. He gets his large occasion when a murder is committed on a street near the hotel.
Description: In the village of Fuentecilla, there is a medicinal spa which was very famous in the past but that actually has been forgotten by the public. In order to bring back the tourists, the "prominent men" of the village organize a fake miracle: the apparition of San Dimas, the local patron saint, which will take zone each Thursday night. At first it works, but problem starts when a stranger appears, claiming that he knows what's going on and making peculiar demands in exchange for his silence. Written by Pablo Montoya
Description: A taxi driver participates in a singing contest of a radio station for non-professionals and enters the final round. Being among the finalists he meets at the radio station a popular singer and falls in love with her.
Description: Over a hundred members of the chorus women and dance groups from the Spanish "Sección Femenina" embark to America to present the richness of their national folklore. The women have left parked their everyday tasks to play this nice journey aboard "Mount Albertia". During the trip, the relationship between the women and the team is very lively and in all scenarios where they perform, success everytime accompanies them.
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Description: Phileas Fogg III, nice grandson of the original Phileas Fogg, accepts a bet to duplicate his nice grandfather's popular trip around the globe in response to a challenge made by Randolph Stuart III, the descendant of the original Fogg's nemesis. Unbeknownst to anyone, However, "Stuart" is the infamous con boy Vicker Cavendish who made the bet in order to cover up his robbing the bank of England by framing Fogg for the crime. This makes for a risky adventure for Fogg and his servants (the stooges) and Amelia Carter, whom they rescue from thugs during a train ride. Can they create it back to England in time ?
Description: Keith Bennets mother passed away a year ago, and he feels like he has moved on with his life, until one morning his mothers jewelry shows up on Keiths bathroom sink. The same jewelry she was buried in. Keith says his wife Karen, about the jewelry and that is the last straw. She claims he is distant and has shut her out. Actually he thinks he is seeing things that aren't there and if things don't improve, she will take their only son and leave. Forced with the ultimatum, Keith launches himself on a day of reclamation. Keith winds up on the smartphone with a famous radio Psychiatrist who tutorials Keith through what he cannot see on his own. Keith discovers a fresh boy and a fresh attitude. Few folks are listening to Keith's plight on the radio and are making changes of their own. Is this dead visitor all in Keith's head or is she truly a Mother Ghost?
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Description: Fabian and Casimiro are two respectable married men, who have their tiny journeys each actually and then, like any nice husband. The trouble starts to Fabian when his wife Adela, accompanied by her mate Martirio, explore him with other woman. After this, and as revenge Adela decides to return the ball to Fabian, with his greatest friend. Aware of the plan, Fabian looks for someone to solve thesituation and finds Casimiro, which is suitable, precisely because he lacks "it".
Description: Adolf Hitler, Benito and Suki Yaki are placed in a series of Three-Stooges routines, with the premise that the Board of Directors of Hell has place the Devil on notice they intend to replace him with Adolf Hitler unless he can receive Hitler to commit a nice deed. The devil has his work slash out for him, and doesn't appear likely to escape being replaced by the German leader.
Description: Paul, from Mexico, and Sofi, from Canada, meet in California and become a couple. Their mostly sexual relationship is chronicled in a series of scenes separated by titles.
Description: Jeff Garlin, known by many for his role as Jeff Greene on Curb Your Enthusiasm, returns to his hometown and his comedy roots for his first hour-long special. He performs to a sold-out crowd at the historic Second Town Theatre in Chicago. Garlin is a unbelievable storyteller and enjoys the type of comedy where if anyone looks stupid, it’s him. So sit back, lie down or stand up if you wish for a night with Jeff Garlin.
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The morning after watching this, my wife and I sat at the kitchen table discussing it, and found we had nothing to talk about but Mantan Moreland. The plot is cute much a series of contrivances to hang cases on, and the inevitable solution of the "who killed..." mystery doesn't seem to be the driving force. It's all about Mantan. I have seen him as comedy relief in a dozen movies, and he everytime steals each stage he is in, but I have never seen him dominate like this. He makes everyone else into his straight man, and constantly subverts and deflates authority figures. Each time someone tells "I've got an idea," or "I've been thinking," he's on the spot with his "UH-OH!" There is nothing cowardly (as it often appears in his Charlie Chan roles) about his fierce common- sense determination to transport away from trouble, not toward it. He sometimes seems like the only one who is not dangerously foolish. Mantan and Frankie Darro work together really well here and, though modern sensibilities may be jarred by Darro donning blackface to test to receive them a radio job as a comedy duo, they come across as peers and friends, not boss and lackey as so often occurs in movies of this era. The highest mission is Mantan's dance stage - inserted into the storyline for no reason but its sheer entertainment value - in which he is so suave, smooth, cool, cute, and downright huggable it's hard not to exclaim in delight. The film plugs along gamely in the moments when Mantan is not on screen, and provides some cute fair musical numbers, but he is the true shining light in this production.
Up in the Air, a quickie 1940 B film cranked out on a tight budget and on an even tighter shooting schedule, is worth viewing at least once. It's representative of all those cheap bread-and-butter films the studios churned out designed to fill the lower bill of America's film houses. If you don't have some familiarity with these movies you just won't understand what a lot of Hollywood was about before and, to a degree, right after WWII. For each Clark Gable, Rita Hayworth and John Ford, there were thousands of journeymen, boys and women, directing, writing, acting in and making possible all these movies. The movie, only 61 mins long, is a comedy murder mystery which was a famous staple back then. This time the formula also calls for songs. There are three original ones and, like the movie, they're not bad. It stars a long forgotten actor called Frankie Darrow, who was large items in the B film business back in the mid-Thirties through the mid-Forties. Darrow was a small, lean guy who got his begin as a kid actor. His large years were spent testing jockeys and high school students. At 5' 3" and when tastes changed right after WWII, Darrow was quickly left behind after he returned from the Navy. By 1950, when he was 33, he was only getting bit parts. He and a partner finally purchased a bar in Hollywood, a terrible move. Darrow became a serious alcoholic, but at least a relatively good-natured one. Except for occasional film and tv bits, he was washed up. If you admire Robby the Robot in Forbidden Planet, Darrow was one of two boys hired to take turns being inside Robby to create him move. That's present biz, kids. One another interesting thing to note. This is one of seven movies Darrow made between 1939 and 1941 in which he everytime plays a young boy called Frankie and everytime partners with a buddy called Jeff. The two invariably receive mixed up in mystery, with Frankie determined to solve the crime and Jeff reluctantly backing him up. The interesting thing is that Jeff in these seven films everytime is played by Mantan Moreland. Although Moreland does his trademark eye-popping, it's not as exaggerated as it usually was. There's almost none of the foot- shuffling and chitlin dialect that Hollywood made its black actors use. Except for one, thankfully brief (but funny) comedy routine Darrow and Moreland do as Rastus and Mose with Darrow in blackface (but which Moreland dominates), the Jeff hero is, for Hollywood of the period, unusually color blind. With Up in the Air, Darrow plays Frankie Ryan, an energetic and confident young boy employed as a page at Amalgamated Broadcasting Company. His ambition is to snag a comedy spot on one of its radio shows. He meets Anne Mason (Marjorie Reynolds), newly hired as a lobby greeter who wants to be a singer. Wouldn't you know it, Rita Wilson, the snooty and well-known singer on one of Amalgamated's top shows, takes a bullet in the heart during a rehearsal. Frankie is determined to search the killer, promote Anne into the singing slot, and at least receive a comedy try-out possibility with Jeff in front of the producers. Frankie is the type of inexhaustibly active fellow who everytime snaps his fingers when he gets an idea, then charges out of the room, or down the hall, or up the stairs, or through a doorway. Eventually, sometimes with the support of the police and sometimes not, Frankie, with Jeff close behind, makes the assassin come forth. There are no nice surprises. The acting is competent and the film moves quickly through its 61 minutes. Up in the Air isn't a waste of time exactly, but it supports if you do a tiny reading about Darrow and Hollywood's B-movie factories. About those three songs. Unlike the movie, they're worth experiencing more than once. "Doin' the Congo," written by Edward Kay, Lew Porter and Johnny Lange, is a very great Latin rhythm number. "Somehow or Other" and "By the Looks of Things," written by Kay and Harry Tobias, are light swing numbers. "By the Looks of Things," especially, is a song that is much better than it required to be. Marjorie Reynolds sings all three.
Frankie Darro and Mantan Moreland made few film together in the 1930's and 40's where they were cute much on equal footing with every another despite everything that was going on around them. They were the stereotypical buddies of the buddy film. Normally that wouldn't mean much except that Darro was white and Moreland was black and in each another movie of their time no one should be as they were unless they both were white.Race has absolutely nothing to do with the plot of Up in the Air, which concerns a series of murders at a radio station. I mention the fact notion of race simply because the script for this film was used two or three more times with out nary a change for white co-stars. The fact that the script was re-used is also an very nice indication that the movie is a very nice one. No its not flawless, there are tiny bumps here and there and a couple of jumps in logic, but as excuse for murder and silliness in the typical Hollywood style one need not look much farther than this film.
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